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christening

[kris-uh-ning, kris-ning]
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noun
  1. the ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of a name to a child.
  2. a public ceremony in which a new ship is formally named and launched.
  3. an act or instance of naming or dedicating something new.
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Origin of christening

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at christen, -ing1

christen

[kris-uh n]
verb (used with object)
  1. to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
  2. to give a name to at baptism: They christened her Mary.
  3. to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.
  4. to make use of for the first time.
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Origin of christen

before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian
Related formschris·ten·er, nounre·chris·ten, verb (used with object)un·chris·tened, adjective
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  • There was a report that she had first worn it at her christening; the report originated with herself.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Then, as the visitors were thinking of leaving, they spoke of the christening.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Money for christening, for confession, for everything from the cradle to the grave.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • When the night of the christening arrived the castle was beautiful to behold.

  • Three priests came to that christening, and Madame Levaille was godmother.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for christening

christening

noun
  1. the Christian sacrament of baptism or the ceremony in which this is conferred
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christen

verb (tr)
  1. to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
  2. another word for baptize
  3. to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
  4. informal to use for the first time
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Derived Formschristener, noun

Word Origin

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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Word Origin and History for christening

Christening

n.

"act or ceremony of baptizing," c.1300, verbal noun from christen (v.). Old English had cristnung.

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christen

v.

c.1200, from Old English cristnian "to baptize," literally "to make Christian," from cristen "Christian" (see Christian). General meaning of "to name" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Christened; christening.

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